Homemade mead (honey wine) is probably one of my favorite fermented beverages to make. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to produce your own tasty homebrew. I put together this awesome list of easy mead recipes so that you can have access to all of them in one place!
If you want to learn more about making mead, I have a Simple Mead Making for Beginners eBook just for you! It has ingredient and equipment checklists and detailed instructions for brewing and bottling your mead. Be sure to check it out if you’re new to the mead making process and want a more detailed guide.
Getting Started with Mead Making
Before you begin making mead you will need to get some special ingredients and equipment. Don’t worry, nothing is too expensive and the equipment can be reused to make more mead later on!
I also wanted to talk about mead terminology. Technically mead is just honey, water, and yeast. When fruit is added it is called a melomel, which is what many of the following recipes are. I still call them mead, though.
Likewise, mead made with herbs, spices, and flowers is called a metheglin, and mead made with maple syrup is an acerglyn. You can also make a cyser, which is mead made with apple cider instead of water. So many choices!
Simple Mead Recipe (one gallon)
I’m starting with this one because it is the most basic one gallon of mead recipe that I have and it explains all of the steps in detail. If you are new to making mead I would read this recipe first as it is the basis for most of the other recipes here.
Simple Mead Recipe (five gallons)
If you want to make five gallons of mead, then this is the recipe to follow. The basics are the same as the one gallon recipe, but it is scaled for five gallons and is brewed in a fermenting bucket rather than a one gallon jug. Bottling five gallons of mead is a bit different than one gallon, so I have instructions on how to do that as well.
Similar to blackberry mead, this strawberry mead is also super yummy! I like making it in the springtime when strawberries are abundant. It would be extra delicious with the addition of some fresh mint leaves!
I use a bit of a different process than normal to make this elderberry mead, but it still has an excellent result! I love how it turns a dark purple color and is reminiscent of a dry red wine. It’s perfect to make in the fall with all of your foraged elderberries!
Peach and Rose Mead
This peach and rose mead is best to make in the summertime when peaches are in season! The addition of roses and elderflowers make it extra special.
This dandelion mead recipe is a favorite of mine in the springtime when dandelions are everywhere! Just be sure that you are foraging in areas that aren’t sprayed. This is a delicate tasting mead that lets the sunshine flavor of the dandelion petals come through!
Vanilla Bean and Chamomile Mead
Elderflower Sparkling Mead
This elderflower sparkling mead is perfect to make in the summertime when elderflowers are abundant. It is a sparkling mead that uses less honey so therefore has a slightly lower alcohol content than most of my other mead recipes.
Along the same lines as the dandelion or elderflower mead is this amazing wildflower mead! It uses a mixture of dandelion petals, lavender blossoms, and yarrow flowers. I was afraid that the yarrow would make it bitter, but it actually turned out wonderful!
Wild Rose Petal Mead
Now this wild rose petal mead sounds right up my alley! I have never brewed mead with rose petals (yet) but it is definitely something that I need to try. I’m sure it’s amazing!
Hawthorn and Rose Hip Mead
I’ve heard that rose hips are a great addition to mead, and hawthorn berries have multiple health benefits. This hawthorn and rose hip mead would be perfect to make in the fall to drink later in the winter!
This maple mead recipe (acerglyn) is awesome because it replaces part of the honey with pure maple syrup. It is great to make in the wintertime for drinking in spring!
Cyser (mead made with apple cider)
This recipe for rhubarb mead sounds lovely, and it’s a little different because it’s made in a small batch using only a quart sized jar! This is perfect for the absolute beginner who wants to start small.
Well there you have it, 15 awesome mead recipes for beginners that you can make today! Happy mead making!